Friday, March 15, 2013 | 6 p.m.
John Sebastian and Lovin’ Spoonful
Hot town, “Summer in the City”! It was a now-classic hit for John Sebastian and Lovin’ Spoonful, who challenged the domination of the British Invasion in the mid-1960s. Even I, a young Brit new to New York, sang along with the 1966 hot-weather anthem.
Today, their hits from 1965 to 1967 are still on the play lists of our pool lounge DJs, proving that we still “believe in magic.”
This weekend marks the start of our 2013 pool season: dayclubs, ultra pools, topless revelry, parties and tanning from sunup to sundown and beyond. It kicked off with Thursday’s openings of Liquid Pool Lounge at Aria and Bare Pool Lounge at The Mirage.
It continues today with Tao Beach at The Venetian, a spring preview at Encore Beach Club, the opening of The Hard Rock Hotel’s Nirvana pool, Breathe Lounge and Paradise Beach with more than 50 Tahitian-styled cabanas and Destination Spring Break at Palms.
On Saturday, it’s the soft opening of the gorgeous Azure pool at Palazzo, and Scooter & Lavelle kick off Season 4 at Liquid. On Sunday, Marquee Dayclub at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas opens for St. Patrick’s Day festivities.
And coming soon:
* Wet Republic at MGM Grand returns with the It Pool Party on March 22 showcasing the first phase of a two-year remodel that included expanding the bar to 95 feet.
* Bagatelle Pool Club with two pools, two volleyball courts, 40 daybeds and a concert stage opens adjacent to Tropicana on March 29.
* DJ David Guetta officially opens the season at Encore Beach Club on April 6.
* Rehab, Las Vegas’ first day club, at The Hard Rock Hotel makes a splash for its 10th anniversary season April 21.
* Topless pool club Venus complete with gorgeous goddesses for frozen towels, face spritzers and poolside body massages opens for Season 7 at Caesars Palace on April 22.
* Ditch Weekends at Palms Pool & Bungalows launches May 3 the same day as Tao Beach’s official season opening.
* And the highly anticipated 50,000-square-foot Daylight Beach Club, a brand-new The Light Group offering at Mandalay Bay, opens for Memorial Day Weekend (May 25-27).
Away from the hard bodies at the pools, the second year of Celine Dion’s three-year contract at Caesars ends Saturday night, and she’ll take time out onstage for a special 10th anniversary salute to The Colosseum. We’ve posted her tribute to the building where she began her first run in 2003, plus, the $250 million bet few believed would pay off with her show and the theater.
Fellow Canadian songbird Shania Twain returns this weekend to resume her residency Tuesday. Celine returns to start the third year of her contract from June 4 to Sept. 1.
With Shania arriving and Celine departing, it’s a wow weekend of women: Alicia Keys, the 14-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter, will “Set the World on Fire” with her tour stop at Mandalay Bay Events Center tonight, and comedienne Kathy Griffin uses her sharp knife to slash up Hollywood from The Mirage stage.
College basketball championships play out at three locations in town, and for fans who want music after the matchups, there’s Maroon 5, Flogging Molly, The Temptations and Ricci Martin in a weekend when everybody sings “Erin Go Bragh ( Ireland Forever)” to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.
So wear green, find a four-leaf clover, pour a Guinness and settle down for this weekend’s colorful all-star Royal Robin Rundown:
FRIDAY, MARCH 15
Alicia Keys and guest Miguel are at Mandalay Bay Events Center.
Boyz II Men are at The Mirage all weekend; our opening-night review was posted March 5.
Bruce Cockburn performs for the first time in Las Vegas at Cabaret Jazz at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts for two nights.
The Addicts, still flamboyant and outrageous after 35 years as one of the longest-running punk bands in history, are at Hard Rock Cafe on the Strip.
Nashville Unplugged features singer-songwriters Kendell Marvel and Brandon Kinney at Red Rock Resort.
Las Vegas musicians Love Sick Radio plays rock, pop and hip-hop at The Lounge at the Palms for two nights.
L.A. Rocks is at Vinyl in The Hard Rock Hotel for two nights.
Two-time Emmy Award winner Kathy Griffin is at The Mirage.
Andrew Dice Clay continues all weekend with his shock-and-awe humor at Vinyl; his memorabilia case was unveiled at the casino resort on Tuesday.
Jay Mohr is at South Point all weekend.
Rachel Feinstein is at Palace Station for two nights.
James Stephens III, Frazer Smith and Brandon Hahn are at Harrah’s Improv all weekend.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
Tickets go on sale for Jon Bon Jovi & The Kings of Suburbia’s March 24 concert at The Joint in The Hard Rock, for Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Tony Bennett’s May 3 performance at Caesars and Cheap Trick and Pat Benatar with Neil Girardo at Pearl at the Palms on June 25.
The new, upscale View lounge opens at Palms in place of The Playboy Club with billiards, shuffleboard and old-school board games as part of the stylish bar scene.
Lion Fight 9: Muay Thai is at The Joint.
The Pac-12 Men’s College Basketball Tournament is at MGM Grand Garden Arena and the Men’s and Women’s Western Athletic Conference Basketball Tournament is at The Orleans Arena, both through Saturday.
Common celebrates his birthday with a performance at The Bank in Bellagio.
Rob Kardashian celebrates his birthday at 1 OAK in The Mirage before his Saturday meet-and-greet at nearby Kardashian Khaos.
Miguel steps offstage from opening for Alicia Keys to host and perform at LAX in Luxor.
DJ David Guetta is at XS in Steve Wynn’s Encore.
Madeon is at Surrender in Encore.
Celtic Feis: A St. Patrick’s Day Festival is at Nine Fine Irishmen at New York-New York.
SATURDAY, MARCH 16
Grammy Award winners Maroon 5, with frontman Adam Levine, is at Mandalay Bay Events Center with Neon Trees and Owl City.
After 40 years, The Temptations still have that Motown Sound and dance steps for “The Way You Do the Things You Do” at The Orleans for two nights.
Ricci Martin salutes his legendary father Dean Martin at Suncoast for two nights.
Flogging Molly and Mariachi El Bronx are at The Cosmopolitan.
Pennywise, Anti Flag and Death By Stereo are at House of Blues in Mandalay Bay.
Zydeco band Contino performs at “The Ain’t Patrick’s Day” party also at HOB.
Seth Meyers joins the “Aces of Comedy” series at The Mirage.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
Tickets go on sale for Alabama Shakes’ July 19 retro-soul performance at Pearl.
The 12th Annual “Run Away With Cirque du Soleil,” a One Drop World Water Day Event 5K Run and One-Mile Fun Walk, is at Springs Preserve and will be started by Mayor Carolyn Goodman.
Las Vegas Big League Weekend with the Texas Rangers battling the Chicago Cubs is at Cashman Field for two afternoons.
Artist and author Dale Chihuly signs his latest book “Chihuly Silvered” at his gallery in Bellagio steps from the breathtaking ceiling “Fiori di Como” in the lobby.
Travie McCoy of Gym Class Heroes hosts and performs at Pure in Caesars.
Jeremih brings his “Birthday Sex” to Chateau Nightclub at Paris Las Vegas.
T-Pain presents “House of Pain” at Haze in Aria.
DJ Calvin Harris is at Surrender.
Jermaine Dupri is at Tryst in Wynn.
The St. Patrick’s Day edition of Lavo Champagne Brunch, the last of the winter season, is at Palazzo.
SUNDAY, MARCH 17
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Be sure to check out Las Vegas Sun colleague Allison Duck’s St. Patrick’s Day events guide.
Muse and guest Dead Sara are at Mandalay Bay Events Center.
Every bar and lounge on and off the Strip salutes the Shamrock on St. Patrick’s Day, plus, there is Redfoo at XS; GhostBar DayClub at Palms; and the St. Patrick’s Day edition of Neon Vice Sundays at Lavo.
STK at The Cosmopolitan celebrates its second anniversary, and, later in the week, we’ll have an interview with Pete Wentz about his new Las Vegas-filmed reality TV tattoo challenge, plus Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons celebrate the fifth anniversary of “Jersey Boys” at Paris Las Vegas.
Have a great green weekend! For one day, it’s true: “There are only two kinds of people in the world -- the Irish, and those who wish they were. Slainte!
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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